laugh, and the world laughs with you

July 5, 2010

One thing I take a bit of pride in is my ability to laugh at myself.  I mean, come on.  I do some really dumb things.  Laughing at myself and asking others to laugh along with me is one of the great pleasures I take when writing some posts for this blog.

It’s also a trait that I greatly respect and appreciate in other people.  There’s too much in life that happens that deserves a chuckle, and if you take yourself too seriously then I believe you are really missing out.

This isn’t to say that I take everything lightly.  Recognizing the difference between something of significance and something of simplicity can be subjective.  Some things are of greater importance to different individuals, and part of this is what makes us distinctive.

Blending well with people who can’t genuinely laugh at the silly things in life is difficult.  Whether they be accidents, absentminded mistakes, purposefully silly occurrences or social gaffes, it doesn’t matter.  If it truly does not ruin your day then there is no point in allowing whatever it is to become a black cloud.  Additionally, why would you take something, turn it around, and try to make someone else miserable because of it?  Laugh about it, let it go, move on.

Most importantly- if you can’t laugh at your own mistakes, you really have no business laughing at others.

There’s no such thing as perfection.  Revel in the simple nuances that give us each different personalities.  Enjoy uniqueness, but don’t flaunt it. Be proud of accomplishments, share stories, admit faults.

As Ella Wheeler Wilcox said in her poem “Solitude”: Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.

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